While I'm sitting here stunned that we're coming up on the ten year mark since I released "Down The Dial" with Mr. Magic, I think it's a good opportunity to take a look back once again at some long lost electrifying moments in radio history. As the data stored on old beaten up cassettes begins to crumble, now is a critical time to preserve pinnacle broadcasts from the golden age of rap.
Let's take a look at the dichotomy of "Rap Attack"-era Mr. Magic. A few years back I posted some audio from the November 6th, 1987 broadcast of the Rap Attack where Magic is no doubt dissing Mikey D & The LA Posse's "I Get Rough" (included in this upload):
"C'mon, everybody knows LA is sauce"
This is where things get interesting. After I posted the November 6th 1987 Rap Attack clip, hip hop icon Mikey D reached out to me with another piece of the puzzle. On a following night, Magic actually had Mikey D and producing legend Paul C on the Rap Attack for an interview! I have to give Mikey D a big shout out for reaching out and sharing this amazing time capsule from NYC radio. It's a rare experience to hear Paul C, who was a prolific musician and mentor of production icon Large Professor, speak with Mr. Magic about making records. Thank you Mikey D!!! People need to hear this.
Magic did a similar 180 when he dissed Public Enemy hard and then praised them later on when "Don't Believe The Hype" dropped. I kicked off "Down The Dial" with the February 21, 1987 edition of the Rap Attack, when he drops his infamous "No More Music By The Suckers" line.